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Another lawmaker is under investigation by Bharara Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 October 2014

Sen. Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn, is under investigation for his use of campaign funds, the New York Post reported today. Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County, announced in June that he's not seeking re-election and confirmed that Bharara was looking at his campaign spending.

New York League of Conservation Voters Endorses Galef Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 October 2014

The New York League of Conservation Voters announced their endorsement of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef for re-election to the New York State Assembly - 95th AD. The endorsement of this organization was made after reviewing her record on environmental issues, legislation that she has authored or supported, and her votes in the New York State Assembly.

Sheriff Issues Autumn Safety Tips Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is asking residents and visitors to take precautionary measures while enjoying the autumn season in Putnam County.

The fall season attracts many people to see the fall foliage in Putnam County. Many use the Putnam County Rail Trail, while others hike on the trails of Breakneck Mountain and Fahnstock State Park. Indeed, this time of year offers beautiful places to ride a bicycle, walk or jog. However, those participating in outdoor activities are urged to use safety precautions when preparing for such leisurely pursuits.

Therefore, Sheriff Smith is offering the following safety tips to ensure personal safety:

  • Wear bright-colored clothing, especially near hunting areas.
  • Preplan your trip. Let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to return.
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you plan to visit, knowing the existing terrain and potential hazards.
  • Always bring water and a fully charged cellular telephone with you.
  • Avoid going alone. Take another person with you so you will have the benefit of the ?buddy system?.
  • Plan to return from your activity before darkness falls.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (845) 225-4300, the state police or a local police department.
  • Dial 9-1-1 to report any emergency.

?Putnam County is a beautiful place all year around. It is especially enjoyable when we see the bright colored foliage that the autumn season offers. Using a common sense approach when taking day trips and adhering to simple rules of safety will make outdoor activities more pleasurable and will ensure your safety.? said Sheriff Smith.

2014-2015 Law Enforcement Cadet Class Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014

Are you a Putnam County Youth age 14- 21 interested in learning about a career in Law Enforcement?

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Law Enforcement Cadet Class.

At the completion of basic training, uniformed Cadets carry out details, observe Jail, and Dispatch functions and have the opportunity the Ride along with Deputy Sheriff’s on Patrols throughout the County.

See your school resource officer for more information and applications.

Applications must be received before October 31st 2014

For Questions pertaining to the program please contact Post Advisor/Deputy Sheriff Alfred Pizzuto or Post Advisor/ Deputy Sheriff Randel Hill (845)225-4300

Annual Chimney Inspections and Related Services Should Be Conducted by Licensed Contractors Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 October 2014

Putnam County Director of Consumer Affairs Jean Noel, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are reminding residents that autumn is the time for annual chimney inspections and related services to usually occur.

According to the United States Fire Administration, more than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the risks when heating with wood and solid fuels. Heat fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.

Extra vigilance should be given to those working on residential chimneys. Each year, the county’s Consumer Affairs department receives reports of unregistered chimney sweeps operating in Putnam County. The average person cannot discern whether chimney repairs are truly needed, or whether the work is completed properly. Improper work can result in dangerous, even deadly, carbon monoxide leaks and fires.

Director Noel, County Executive Odell and Sheriff Smith are urging residents to have their chimneys inspected and serviced by a reputable company to prevent fire-related tragedies from occurring. They recommend that homeowners contact the local consumer affairs office to ensure the prospective contractor is properly registered to do the work. The Putnam County Department of Consumer Affairs may be reached on their web site: or by calling Director Noel at 845-808-1617 ext 46024.

According to Sheriff Smith, each year, investigators from his Bureau of Criminal Investigation in conjunction with consumer affairs officials investigate complaints involving unregistered chimney sweeps operating in Putnam County. The Sheriff noted that it is a class ?A? misdemeanor to conduct a home improvement business in this county without being registered to do so. A conviction of this statute may result in a $1,000 fine for each occurrence and a jail term of up to one year in the Putnam County Correctional Facility as determined by a court.

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